Preliminary hearing for oil giant EnCana on environmental charge set for April
(Canadian Press (delayed) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MEDICINE HAT, Alta. _ Lawyers for oil and gas giant EnCana (TSX:ECA) will be returning to court in April for a preliminary hearing for allegedly installing a pipeline across an ecological reserve without a permit.
The company and its subsidiaries Alberta Energy Company Ltd., AEC West Ltd. and EnCana Corporation are each facing a charge of conducting industrial activity in the National Wildlife Area located on Canadian Forces Base Suffield in March of 2005.
The charge is under the Canada Wildlife Act and carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
The National Wildlife Area is a 458-square kilometre site located along the southeast section of the base.
It was formed though an agreement between Environment Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada.
The area has been recognized for more than 30 years as a sensitive habitat and has been out of bounds to all military training and research in 1971.
(Medicine Hat News)
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